Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for December 3-4, 2016

Free Weekend Events in Boston

There’s so many fun and free (or almost free) things to do this weekend in Boston. As always, please let me know in the comments below if I missed your favorite cheap events this weekend.

Mayor Walsh’s Tree Lighting: Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 12pm at 450 West Broadway. Head to W Broadway Municipal Lot in South Boston for some holiday fun with ponies, music, and holiday fun. Free. (Part of the Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour from December 2-4)

SoWa Winter Festival: December 2-4, 2016 at 460 Harrison Ave in the South End. Kick off this annual winter festival with holiday decorations, Christmas carols, artisans, food vendors, and much more!

Holiday Open House: Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 10-4pm at the Old South Meeting House. Enjoy holiday activities and crafts for all ages at this free family event.

CraftBoston Holiday 2016: December 2-4, 2016 at the Hynes Convention Center. Enjoy this 3-day event showcasing unique and handmade gifts! Discount tickets start at $5 via Goldstar Boston (aff. link).

Santa Paws: Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 12-2pm at Faneuil Hall. Spread holiday cheer with pet photos at Faneuil Hall. Free, but pet food donations appreciated. (A similar event is Sunday at Assembly Row if you prefer)

Vernon Street Open Studios: December 3-4, 2016 in Somerville. Local artists welcome the public into their studios for a fun and free event. Please bring a canned good.

Blink! at Faneuil Hall: November 20, 2016 to January 1, 2017 at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Enjoy this state-of-the-art sound and light extravaganza  every night this holiday season at Faneuil Hall Marketplace!

Jordan’s Enchanted Village: Now to January 1, 2017 at Jordan’s Furniture in Avon. Head to Jordan’s Enchanted Village in Avon to relive childhood memories and check out this wonderful holiday display!

Harvard Art Museums: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Saturday morning from 10am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Harvard Museum of Natural History: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Don’t forget that the ICA in Boston is celebrating their 10 year Anniversary with 10 days of celebrations from December 1-10, 2016 with reduced admission, fun activities, and more!

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for November 25-27, 2016!

Free Weekend Events in BostonSince Thursday is Thanksgiving, here is the Cheap Weekend Fun roundup a day early, and an extra day of weekend fun included! Friday is of course Black Friday and there’s so many things to besides shopping if you’d rather avoid the mall scene.

If you are shopping on Black Friday, here are some of the popular store opening times on Black Friday since Massachusetts is a little different than most of the country.

Here’s some fun and inexpensive things to do in Boston this extra long holiday weekend:

Boston Tuba Christmas: Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Faneuil Hall. Enjoy this 31st Annual Christmas event where many tuba players serenade the crowd! Free.

The Charles Hotel Tree Lighting Event: Saturday, November 26, 2016 from 4-6:30pm. Enjoy holiday music, a visit from Santa Claus and a tree lighting at 5:30pm. Free, but please bring new hats, gloves, and baby coats to donate to Cradles for Crayons.

Roslindale Tree Lighting: Saturday, November 26, 2016 from 3-5pm. Enjoy this annual tree lighting with holiday music, Santa, and a tree lighting!

Quincy Christmas Holiday Parade and Celebrations: November 25-26, 2016. Enjoy a tree lighting, parade, and watch Santa parachute from the sky this weekend in Quincy!

Small Business Saturday: Saturday, November 26, 2016. Shop small this Saturday and help a small business this holiday season.

Zoo New England Half Price Admission Day: Friday, November 25, 2016 at Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo. Both the Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo are offering half price admission on Black Friday from 10-4pm!

Green Friday at the Trustees: Friday, November 25, 2016. Enjoy free admission and parking at Trustees properties this Friday.

Your Terrible Holidays: Friday, November 25, 2016 at 10pm at Riot Theater. Head to JP on Friday night for free improve comedy.

Blink! at Faneuil Hall: November 20, 2016 to January 1, 2017 at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Enjoy this state-of-the-art sound and light extravaganza  every night this holiday season at Faneuil Hall Marketplace!

Jordan’s Enchanted Village: Kicks off Saturday, November 19, 2016 to January 1, 2017 at Jordan’s Furniture in Avon. Head to Jordan’s Enchanted Village in Avon to relive childhood memories and check out this wonderful holiday display!

Harvard Art Museums: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Saturday morning from 10am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Harvard Museum of Natural History: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for November 19-20, 2016!

Free Weekend Events in Boston

It’s a little quieter than usual for free events in Boston this weekend as it’s getting colder and closer to the holidays! However, there’s still some fun and cheap things to do this weekend in Boston if you are looking to get out of the house.

As always, please let me know in the comments below if I missed any free or inexpensive events and fun this weekend in Boston.

Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Spectacular: Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 3-10pm. Enjoy live holiday musical performances as well as the tree lighting to 80 foot Christmas Tree! (There will also be a live broadcast on WBZ from 8-9pm if you can’t make it in person)

America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade: Saturday, November 19, 2016 on Main Street in Plymouth, MA. Head to Plymouth, MA for a Thanksgiving parade in the town where it all began! Parade starts at 11am, but there’s activities and fun all weekend long.

The Boston Home Décor Show: November 18-20, 2016 at Cyclorama in the South End. Find out how to turn your home into your dream house with design tips, presentations, and more. Tickets are $15 but you can find free and discount tickets through Goldstar Boston (affiliate link).

Jordan’s Enchanted Village: Kicks off Saturday, November 19, 2016 to January 1, 2016 at Jordan’s Furniture in Avon. Head to Jordan’s Enchanted Village in Avon to relive childhood memories and check out this wonderful holiday display!

Harvard Art Museums: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Saturday morning from 10am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Harvard Museum of Natural History: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for November 11-13, 2016

Free Weekend Events in BostonThere are so many fun and inexpensive things to do this weekend in the Boston area! In hopes that you also have Friday on for Veterans Day, I’ve also included some free fun for Friday in the post as well.

If you have Friday off for Veterans Day and are a Veteran, there are so many free meals, fun, and more for Vets and Activ, Military on Veterans Day.

Fenway Open Studios: November 12-13, 2016 from 11-5pm. Check out the studios of local artists and get the rare opportunity to meet and chat with the artists!

Allston Open Studios: Visit the art studios of local Allston artists and meet and chat with them in person!

Cranksgiving: Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Paul Revere Park. he 3rd Annual Cranksgiving is part bike ride, part food drive, and part scavenger hunt. The event is free, but please donate food for the food drive.

Free Entrance Day at National Parks: Friday, November 11, 2016. Everyone can get free entrance at National Parks across the nation in honor of Veterans Day!

Veterans Harbor Cruise: Saturday, November 11, 2016 at 11am. Celebrate our Veterans with this annual Boston Harbor Cruise. Veterans, active military, and children under 2 are free, $10 otherwise.

Veterans Day Parade: Friday, November 11, 2016. Celebrate and honor our Veterans at this annual parade starting at Boylston and Charles Street and ending at City Hall Plaza.

Try Hockey for Free Day: Saturday, November 12, 2016. Kids ages 4-9 are encouraged to try Hockey for Free with limited equipment to use.

Harvard Art Museums: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Saturday morning from 10am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Harvard Museum of Natural History: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for November 5-6, 2016!

 

cheap-weekend-fun-2016Happy first week of November! Here are some fun and inexpensive things to do this weekend in Boston:

mfaNOW Overnight: State of the Party Edition: Friday, November 4, 2016 from9pm to 9am on November 5, 2016. The Museum of Fine Arts is open all night with free admission through the Linde Family Wing.

Free BSO Community Chamber Concert: Sunday, November 6, 2016 at Aeronaut Brewery in Somerville. Free Boston Symphony Orchestra Community Chamber concert this weekend with free music and more for free.

South Boston Open Studios: November 5-6 2016 from 12-6pm. Head to South Boston where local artists will be opening their studios for free this weekend.

“A Beautiful World” Art Exhibit: November 5-6, 2016 from 1-5pm in Charlestown. Enjoy fine art, photography, prints, and more this weekend.

Boston Christmas Festival: November 4-6, 2016 at the Seaport World Trade Center. Enjoy everything Christmas under one roof and make Christmas shopping a breeze this year. Admission is $15 but print this coupon for $2 off admission.

Oysterfest: Sunday, November 6, 2016 at The Lansdowne Pub. Enjoy $1 Oysters from 12-4pm at the Lansdowne Pub with live music and fun. 21+ event.

Bank of America’s Museum on Us: Saturday and Sunday, November 5-6, 2016. Bank of America & Merrill Lynch cardholders can get into select museums the first weekend of every month for free by showing their bank card (per cardholder, not family). Museum of Fine Arts, MIT Museum and other museums across the state participate

Kid Price Saturday at Zoo New England: Pay and feel like a kid the first Saturday of the month at Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo where everyone pays kids price for admission!

Harvard Art Museums: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Saturday morning from 10am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Harvard Museum of Natural History: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Don’t forget it’s Daylight Saving Time this weekend so an extra hour of sleep on Sunday morning :)

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for October 29-30, 2016!

Cheap Weekend Events in BostonThere’s so many fun and cheap things to do this very spooky and sweet last weekend in October!

If you read 31 Budget-Friendly Things To Do This Halloween in Boston yesterday, you’ll notice there’s a few repeats. I included a few Halloween events happening this weekend, but I did not include the mall trick-or-treating and a few others on the list. There’s of course a few non-Halloween events (gasp!) on this cheap weekend fun round-up as well, but you’ll have to scroll down for those!

Wally and Tessie’s Halloween Party: Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 11-2pm at Fenway Park. Trick-or-treat at the ballpark, paint mini pumpkins and enjoy other fall activities! Free and open to the public.

Pru Boo: October 30, 2016 from 11-1pm at the Prudential Center. Wear your cutest costume and trick or treat for charity. Face painting, kid concert, pumpkin decorating and more. $4 donation towards nonprofit partner.

Haunted Off the Wall: Sunday, October 30, 2016 at the South End Open Market at the Ink Block. Enjoy the last outdoor market of the season with a live graffiti art party with Halloween theme murals, activities & costume contest!

5th Annual Dia de Los Muertos Celebration: Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 12-6pm at Taza Chocolate Factory Store in Somerville. Enjoy hot chocolate samples, crafts, face painting, music, and more at Taza Chocolate!

Halloween Pet Parade & Costume Contest: Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 12-2pm at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Watch, enjoy, and possibly dress up your pet for this annual pet parade! Registration is required for costume contest.

Howl-O-Ween Pet Party: Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 11-1pm at the Seaport Hotel. Mix and mingle with other pet owners and pets and enter the pet costume party! Free and open to the public.

Fall Family Fun Day at The Lawn on D: Saturday, October 29, 2016 at The Lawn on D. Enjoy this fall family fun day with hay bale maze, pumpkin carving, face painting, and more!

North End Halloween Party & Parade: Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 1-3pm in the North End. Enjoy a parade through the North End + some Halloween fun!

Old North Family Fall Festival: Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 1-4pm at Old North Historic Site. Celebrate the fall at one of Boston’s unique sites with fun fall activities!

Halloween Festival: Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Blackstone Square from 12-3pm. Enjoy this Halloween festival with pumpkin decorating, crafts, face painting, yoga class, and much more!

Brookline Arts Center Open House: Sunday, October 30, 2016 from 1-4pm. Enjoy a Halloween inspired afternoon with trick and treats, artwork, activities and more!

Run the Halloween Beer Dash: Saturday, October 29, 2016 starting at 11:30am at Conor Larkin’s. Enjoy a workout, free beer, and a costume contest.

Alternative Halloween Party: Saturday, October 29, 2016 starting at 7pm at Slumbrew. Don’t want to wear a costume this weekend? Celebrate at Slumbrew and if you order an entrée or a pint after 7pm, you’ll get a free slice of pumpkin pie while supplies last.

MICE 2016: October 29-30, 2016 in Cambridge. The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo is a free weekend event showcasing the best in local comics!

Boston International Antiquariun Book Fair: October 28-30, 2016. This Boston Book Fair is celebrating its 40th year for the serious collector or curious browser!

MIT Museum: Sunday, October 30, 2016. Free admission at the MIT Museum the last Sunday of each month, September to June.

Harvard Art Museums: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Saturday morning from 10am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Harvard Museum of Natural History: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for October 22-23, 2016!

Cheap Weekend Events in Boston

There’s so many fun and inexpensive events this weekend in Boston! As always, please let me know in the comments below if I missed your favorite free event!

Head of the Charles Regatta: October 22-23, 2016 on the Charles River. Enjoy this two day rowing competition with over 11,000 athletes and cheer them on!

2016 Fall Pumpkin Float: Sunday, October 23, 2016 at Boston Common Frog Pond from 4:30-6:30pm. Enjoy floating pumpkins, haunted zombie maze, live music, and much more! Free.

Halloween Celebration on Castle Island: October 22-23, 2016 at Castle Island. Celebrate Halloween with magicians, storytelling, refreshments and more! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Boston Veg Food Fest: October 22-23, 2016 at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center. Enjoy this annual festival celebrating the vegetable! Free admission, free parking and free samples!

20th Annual A Cappella Competition: October 22-23, 2016 at Faneuil Hall. Over 30 A Cappella groups will be performing for the winning title at Faneuil Hall this weekend!

Oktoberfest on D: October 21-23, 2016 at The Lawn on D. Enjoy german food, beer, fun games, live music, and more. The event is free but RSVP is required. (Note: You must be 21+ to enter the Oktoberfest tent)

Free Trip to Spectacle Island: Saturday, October 22, 2016. Spend the day at Spectacle Island with a free cruise with a 10 AM departure. Reservations are required.

Family Day at MassArt: Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 11-4pm. Head to MassArt to enjoy art and interactive displays designed by students. Free and open to all.

South End Open Market: Every Sunday though October from 10-4pm at the Ink Block! Enjoy three amazing markets every Sunday at a new location, the Ink Block! Enjoy a farmers market, handcrafted goods, and delicious food trucks at the South End Open Market.

Harvard Art Museums: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Saturday morning from 10am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Harvard Museum of Natural History: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for October 15-16, 2016

Cheap Weekend Events in Boston

There’s so many fun and cheap things to do this weekend in Boston, here’s a few ideas:

Boston Book Festival: Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Copley Square. Celebrate the power of words with this free festival at Copley Square on Saturday.

Red Sox Showcase: Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Faneuil Hall. The Red Sox and Fenway Park experience comes to Faneuil Hall on Saturday with batting cages, pitching stations, and more!

mfaNOW Overnight: College Edition: Friday, October 14-15, 2016. Starting at 9pm on Friday night, the MFA will be open for free entry until 9am on Saturday.

Fort Point Open Studios: October 15-16, 2016 from 12-6pm. Local artists are opening their doors to share their art with the pubic.

75 Chestnut Pumkpin Fest: Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 12-3pm at 75 Chestnut Street. Enjoy an afternoon of painting and carving your pumpkin!

Fall Craft Brew Fest: Sunday, October 16, 2016 at Cyclorama. Head to the South End to enjoy a fall craft brew fest. Tickets are expensive, but you can get free and discount tickets through Goldstar Boston. (There’s also discount tickets available to Local Crafts Spirits Festival on Saturday starting at $20 if you’d rather)

South End Open Market: Every Sunday though October from 10-4pm at the Ink Block! Enjoy three amazing markets every Sunday at a new location, the Ink Block! Enjoy a farmers market, handcrafted goods, and delicious food trucks at the South End Open Market.

Harvard Art Museums: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Saturday morning from 10am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Harvard Museum of Natural History: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Hope you have a great weekend!

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